Connie Francis (born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, December 12, 1938) is an American pop singer of Italian heritage and the top-charting female vocalist of the late-1950s and early-1960s. Although her chart success waned in the second half of the 1960s, Francis remained a top concert draw. Despite several severe interruptions in her career, she is still active as a recording and performing artist.
One day in 1960 I was going through my collection of Al Jolson and Judy Garland records, and I played Al's "Are You Lonesome Tonight". I said, "Daddy, come listen to this. I could make it a No. 1 song". He agreed and I called Don Costa in to do the arrangement. I said, "I'm more excited about recording this song than anything I've ever cut." We were in the car on our way to New York when the radio played (Elvis Presley's) "new" single, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". Can you believe that? I was literally on my way to the studio to record it. How do you like that? Elvis even did the recitation part just like Al Jolson did.
(on her late brother George) He had the greatest sense of humor in the world. When he heard that I was getting married for the third time, he said, "Let me ask you a question", he said. "Don't you think it would be a good idea if you bought a drip-dry wedding dress?" I said, "Don't get cute, Georgie". Then he said, "Is Anita going to be my best friend? Is Anita going to be your Matron of Honor again?" I said, "Yes". He said, "It is a nice thing you keep doing for Anita. Everybody needs a steady job."
(on Elvis Presley's inner-circle crew) Well, they were yes men. They overlooked his excesses and the chemicals he was taking. For a Cadillac, they would say the right thing. I said, "God forbid that day comes that you die, Elvis. Red West is gonna write a bad book about you," and I was absolutely right.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|Everybody's Somebody's Fool||1960||404,295|
|Lipstick On Your Collar||1986||50,154|
|Where The Boys Are||1986||62,704|
|I Will Wait For You||154,984|
|I'll Be Home For Christmas||1995||171,139|
|Who's Sorry Now||1986||115,188|
|Full Name at Birth||Concetta Rosemarie Franconero|
|Other Names||The Queen of SongQueenie|
|Date of Birth||December 12, 1938|
|Birthplace||Newark, New Jersey|
|Height||5' 1½" (156 cm)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|Claim to Fame||Where the Boys Are|
|Music Style||Brill Building Pop, Early Pop/Rock|
|Music Mood||Springlike, Plaintive, Dramatic, Gentle, Sweet, Sentimental, Distraught, Innocent, Soothing, Earnest, Stylish, Restrained, Amiable/Good-Natured, Cheerful, Romantic, Melancholy, Poignant, Wistful, Delicate, Happy, Sad|